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Basketball at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Odds

From April 4th to April 15th, on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, 70 nations – members of Commonwealth, will participate in 21st Commonwealth Games. The first competition was held on 1930, and has been organized every four years since, with the exception of 1942 and 1946.

However, despite the long tradition of the competition, basketball hasn’t found its way to the competition until 2006. And that was the only time a basketball tournament was a part of the Commonwealth Games, as 2010 and 2014 Games didn’t include it on the sports list.

The first (and the only) basketball tournament in 2006 was held also in Australia, as the host won the gold medals in both men and women competition. New Zealand was a runner-up, and England won the bronze against Nigeria.

This year, Australia is the host again, and once again they are the main favorites to win the gold medal.

Participants

Men’s basketball tournament will have 8 participating countries. Australia, as the host, was granted with automatic participation. The next 3 teams (Nigeria, New Zealand, Canada) are invited based on their FIBA World Rankings. The last four participants (England, Scotland, Cameroon, India) got the special invitation for the tournament.

Format

8 teams will be divided in two groups (A and B). Group A consist of the host (Australia) and top three teams in FIBA World Ranking (Nigeria, New Zealand, Canada). The other four teams will play in group B.

After the group stage, two best-placed teams from group A will head into semifinals directly, while 3rd and 4th placed team from the group A will play a quarterfinal game against top two teams from group B. Teams that get 3rd and 4th place in group B will be eliminated.

Quarterfinal games will be held on April 10th in Cairns Convention Centre (Cairns), semifinal games are scheduled for April 14th , and the Bronze and gold medal game will be played a day after, on April 15th in Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast.

Favorites

Australia – The host, and the defending champion will once again play at the home ground and have the best chances to defend the gold won 12 years ago. Although they will not be able to count on their top players, as national competitions around the world will still be in place, Australia has the deepest in their roster among the all teams and are expected to win the gold once again.

New Zealand – traditional opponent of the Aussies and the runner-up at the last basketball tournament, New Zealand is expected to play in the finals once again. However, considering the home court advantage for Australia, it’s not likely for New Zealand to go the whole way this year. Silver medal is a realistic goal for them.

Nigeria – since 2006 Commonwealth games, where they were 4th , Nigeria has improved and developed as a basketball country. They have a lot of potential, and are stronger that any team from group B, so the semifinals are guarantee for them. It’s doubtful whether they have enough quality to pass Australia or New Zealand, but a fight for a bronze is a certain.

Unibet has odds at basketball at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.